In 1984, after completing college, Bruce moved his family back to Libby, Montana and joined Vincent Logging as business manager. Vincent Logging, a small family owned business, was started by Bruce’s father in 1968. Bruce is a third generation logger.
In 1988, Bruce helped form Communities For A Great Northwest, a non-profit education and information group dedicated to the intelligent use of our natural resources. The group has members throughout the Northwest. The Great Northwest Log Haul, which helped focus national attention on resource supply problems in the Northwest, was the first of many of the group’s activities.
Bruce is currently serving as President of Communities For A Great Northwest; President of the League of Rural Voters, President of the Alliance for America Foundation – an umbrella group of over 600 grassroots groups across the country; serves on the board of the Evergreen Foundation, the Cabinet/Yaak Grizzly Bear Community Involvement Team, the State of Montana’s Thompson Chain of Lakes Citizen Management Council and coordinates the collaborative Kootenai Forest Congress Roundtable.
Bruce has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Montana Consensus Council and helped form the Temperate Forest Foundation, an international foundation that disseminates forestry information concerning the difficult decisions we face in defining sustainable forestry.
He speaks throughout the United States and the world to groups including resource, recreation, banking and business associations, Chambers of Commerce, and Rotary Clubs. Bruce is a highlighted national university campus speaker for the Young America Foundation. He has testified on resource issues before Congress, has appeared on the McNeil/Lehrer Hour, 60 Minutes, and other network and regional news. Bruce has been reported on by Outside, Wheat Life, Range, Tree Farmer, Time, and Audubon magazines, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and other periodicals. Bruce has participated in radio shows, documentary videos, and live television broadcasts throughout the nation and in several countries including Canada, Iceland, Scotland, and Australia. In 1994 Bruce appeared on the cover of Evergreen Magazine and was a highlighted “hero” in William Perry Pendley’s book, It Takes A Hero.
During Bruce’s career he has been awarded the national Timber Industry Activist of the Year, the Montana Timberman of the Year, has received the Sylvan Award for service to the national timber industry, and the Public Service Award from the Association of Consulting Foresters